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The primary difference between Prosumer and Consumer camcorders is the presence of larger lenses and imaging chips in prosumer camcorders for superior optics and low light performance.

The best prosumer camcorders often come with a lot of pro-grade features - flash media as well as hard drive, full-HD capability, good capacity HDD, high-end CCD, memory still resolution of over 2 megapixels, a good 10x or above optical zoom - all this integrated into as small a frame as possible, compact prosumer camcorders weigh just about a pound.

Canon is by far the leading brand behind the best prosumer camcorders - though ensure that you get - extra manual control options, above-average video resolution and great-looking low-light output over and above the standard and specialised goodies.

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Sony HDR-PJ650V

Sony HDR-PJ650V High Definition Handycam Camcorder


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Sony HDR-PJ650V
Sony Handycam HDR-CX760V
Sony Handycam HDR-PJ760V
Canon Vixia HF G10
Panasonic HDC-TM900K
Sony HDR-PJ650V High Definition Handycam Camcorder
Sony Handycam HDR-CX760V Camcorder
Sony Handycam HDR-PJ760V (96 GB) AVC, AVCHD Camcorder
Canon Vixia HF G10  32 GB  Flash Media  Hard Drive Camcorder
Panasonic HDC-TM900K Camcorder
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Release Date
Jan 2013
Jan 2012
Jan 2012
Feb 2011
Jan 2011
HDD Size
32.0 GB
96.0 GB
96.0 GB
32.0 GB
32.0 GB
Optical Zoom
12.0 x
10.0 x
10.0 x
10.0 x
12.0 x
Recording Format
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, AVCHD
Flash Media, High Definition, AVC, H.264, MPEG
Recording System
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital, Analog
Digital
Digital
Digital
Memory Still Resolution
5.02 MegaPixels
24.1 MegaPixels
6.14 MegaPixels
2.07 MegaPixels
14.2 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
MPEG-4, MPEG-2, AVCHD
Flash Media
AVC
Flash Media
Flash Media
Use
Video
Video, Photo Viewing, Music
Video, Photo Viewing
Video

  • The PJ580 was priced below the PJ650V's competition, and had specs to match. The latest PJ-series camcorder is an upgrade, but it doesn't exceed what other manufacturers are doing. Ultimately, the choice you make among these three will have a lot to do with ergonomic preferences, specific feature needs, and/or the absolute need for 60p.


  • Last year, in our review of the HDR-CX700V from Sony, we dreamed of a future where Sony would actually improve the low light performance of its high-end Handycams. This year, with the HDR-CX760V, that dream has become a reality. The CX760V is not only the strongest consumer camcorder Sony has released in a few years, but it's also one of the most impressive models we've reviewed all year.

    The camcorder did everything well in our performance tests.


  • The combination of high resolution and gobs of memory give this camera an edge when it comes to recording in HD.

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    The Handycam HDR-PJ760V is essentially a combination of two previous Sony camcorders: the HDR-PJ30V and the HDR-CX700V. Sony took the built-in projector from the PJ30V and strapped it onto the body of the CX700V, which had all the controls and features one would expect from a flagship Sony camcorder. The result means the HDR-PJ760V is a top-line camcorder with professional features and plenty of manual controls and a built-in video projector.

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    This is the perfect camera for the shooters on the go that love to show off what they did in the moment.


  • Most casual users can't justify dropping so much dough on Sony's latest top-of-the-line Handycam-the same money can buy two or three camcorders that deliver decent to very good video and still shots in favorable shooting conditions. On the other hand, if you want to shoot some of the best video available on non-professional camcorders, and you want an exceptionally portable unit for its class, the HDR-PJ760V is a top choice, and you get a lot of terrific extras.


  • While it's got a great shooter feature set and good video quality, the Canon Vixia HF G10 still feels a bit expensive for what it offers.


  • We're impressed with the HF G10 in terms of performance and capability, but the camcorder's $1499 price tag may be too high for most consumers. You are getting a lot for your money, though, and for people who want access to professional-grade controls, paying around $1500 for a camcorder isn't that bad. If you have more cash to spend, Canon does have the professional XA10 camcorder, which is identical to the HF G10 except it has a removable handlebar with XLR audio ports (and it costs around $2000).


  • The Canon VIXIA HF G10 is a camcorder built for ease of use and high quality recording. While the CMOS sensor is a basic 2 megapixel sensitivity that creates 1920 x 1080 resolution video, the lens is of a high quality that enables up to 10x optical zoom.


  • Panasonic's trio of prosumer camcorders, the hard-disk-based HDC-HS900 and flash-based TM900 and SD800, deliver generally excellent video quality and provide the full set of manual controls and features advanced users want. But you have to be willing to baby the white balance a bit. The TM900 is my top pick of the three for its EVF, but if you're on a tight budget the SD800 should suit just fine.


  • The HDC-TM900 (MSRP $1099) is a great camcorder, that much is clear. It captured excellent video in a variety of record modes, and its performance recording 1080/60p HD video was as good as it gets. It has a ton of controls, a solid body design, and its 3D recording option (with the purchase of an optional conversion lens) makes it a cutting-edge product.

    Despite all this, we are still disappointed with the TM900. Other than adding the 3D capability and increasing the size of the LCD, Panasonic didn't do much to improve on last year's HDC-TM700รข??


  • Panasonic's HDC-TM900 offers no revolutionary new features, now that 3D shooting has already started its journey to ubiquity. But like its predecessors it blends excellent enthusiast features, headlined by the lens ring, with supreme image quality. There's also no significant premium being charged for this new model compared to the outgoing TM700, if you can still find it. So the TM900 takes over from its predecessor as our videomaking enthusiast camcorder of choice.


Top 5 prosumer camcorder:

  1. Sony HDR-PJ650V High Definition Handycam Camcorder
  2. Sony Handycam HDR-CX760V Camcorder
  3. Sony Handycam HDR-PJ760V (96 GB) AVC, AVCHD Camcorder
  4. Canon Vixia HF G10 32 GB Flash Media Hard Drive Camcorder
  5. Panasonic HDC-TM900K Camcorder